our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
sea chanties, songs of love lost and pirate lust all wrapped around
an aquatic theme: this is Ween's The Mollusk. The salty
excursion through the ocean spray and foggy nights of Gene and
Dean Ween's imagination is best taken with a sense of humor. After
all, this album is a parody of that often tiresome musical genre
known as Progressive Rock.
visionary weirdness of the Mothers of Invention mixed with the
pre-lysergic Beatles. The lyrics and musicianship is high quality,
despite the obvious desire on the band's part to deconstruct the
traditional aspects of composition. This is not total anarchy,
but more of a controlled chaos. Out of this chaos comes a strange
of note: I'm Dancing In The Show Tonight - This could very well
be a chorus of crustaceans singing in an underwater musical; The
Blarney Stone - A crude sea chanty, "the Blarney Stone brings
a tear to me eye;" It's Gonna Be (Alright) - A beautiful
love song; Buckingham Green - Is it the Beatles? Not.
This is real
beach music. Rather than the sounds of surfing and fast cars,
this is more for that level of intoxication often necessary for
the onset of heat stroke. Listen to this album more than once.
It deserves that kind of attention.
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